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On a mission

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Salta, Argentina [by Paula] Given how unbelievably sweaty, dusty and thirsty we were, it was hard to imagine how it must have been for the 17th-century Jesuit priests who had to trek here from Paraguay. I mean, I don’t think…

Home from home

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By Jeremy Put a few travellers in a room, add a beer, rum or vino to the equation and talk always turn to it. Could you live here? Everyone has had the feeling at some time or another, be it…

Ramble in the jungle

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We got an incredible view of flying macaws, from a cliff-top above their nesting site. La Paz, Bolivia [by Paula] There are so very many bitey stingy things in the jungle, but it was the ants that really messed with…

Saraguro

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Zaterdagavond, iedereen is heel mooi gekleed in traditionele avondkledij. Ook de jeugd. Met mooie zwarte lange rokken en zwarte sjaals. De mannen dragen kniebroeken en hebben bijna allemaal lange zwarte gevlochten paardenstaarten. Ze dragen zwart en soms ook donkerblauw als…

Strictly come dancing

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Cuenca, Ecuador [by Paula] A great many things have happened on this trip that could not have been predicted. In fact, the majority of happenings were not foreseen, but some are more surprising than others. So when I was standing…

Viva Bolivia !

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La Bolivie : un pays que tout le monde connaît un peu de nom, et pourtant si difficile à situer correctement sur une carte. Mais c’est un endroit si plaisant que nous y sommes retournés 3 fois, et que nous…

The little things in life

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Anyone fancy a wee cerveza? Jupapina, La Paz, Bolivia [by Paula] I was a bit of a geek for miniatures when I was younger. While others had cool bedrooms crammed with music posters, Pacman games (yes, it was the 80s)…

Potosí: The saddest place in South America?

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Candelaria mine, Cerro Rico, Potosí, Bolivia. The mines – which have claimed millions of lives – are still being worked today. Jupapina, near La Paz, Bolivia [by Paula] We’ve just spent our third Christmas and new year away from home.…

Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco)

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Photo Friday—Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco) This week we have a photo from our earlier trip to Bolivia, with an image from our visit to the ancient site of Tiwanaku. The remnants of the capital city of a fascinating pre-Incan civilisation.  …

PANTHERA ONCA: A SHRINKING WORLD

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Image: Edwin Giesbers (www.edwingiesbers.com) As the shadows lengthened over the Yungas, the Bolivian sky fading to darkness, we pulled up beside a wooden hut a few metres back from the road. Beyond the hut an area had been hacked from…

Wrestling with nature

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Shop in La Paz, Bolivia Jupapina, near La Paz, Bolivia [by Paula] I’m not going to get all earth mothery on you, but our recent voluntary work in Bolivia is teaching us a hell of a lot about what it…

Rock ‘n roll nights

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Multi-coloured  Valparaiso. Jupapina, nr Mallasa, Bolivia [by Paula] We spent a day trying to decide where to go for the last portion of my brother’s visit. We could still make it to Peru for some trekking? Maybe pop over to…

UnBoliviable

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Yay, it’s snowing! No wait, hang on, this is salt. Jupapina, nr Mallasa, Bolivia [by Paula] Not for the first time, I was sorely tempted to get down on all fours and lick the ground. Could it really be a…

Overdosing on superlatives

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Er, bit dry here in the desert isn’t it? Pan de Azucar National park, Chile. La Paz, Bolivia by Paula We’ve been over-doing things recently, in the best possible way. What with our marathon journey south to meet my family…

La Paz Bolivia to the Jungle

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La Paz at night After 13 dental visits (for Merv), it was finally time to leave La Paz Bolivia and head in the direction of the Central Highlands and further on into The Pampas and The Jungle. The day before…

The German, a nun and a Prickly Pig

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The sensation of wheels spinning in the mud can be pretty cool, especially if the vehicle is moving and preferably sideways. The same sensation when the vehicle is stationary is not so cool but no big problem. But, when we…

BOLIVIA: PARTING SHOT

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I know of three people who would agree with the 2013 report by the World Economic Forum which ranked Bolivia as the least friendly country for travellers – Butch, Sundance and Che all met with a hail of bullets in…

The Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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I remember, what seems like a lifetime ago, when we were saving and planning for this trip reading the blogs of people traveling South America and getting inspiration for our travels. Some places, in photo after photo, were so spectacular…

THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS ROAD

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I guess most people will have never heard of Yolosa, a tiny settlement where people arrive to lick their wounds, or offer a brief prayer. Yolosa is the start (or finish, depending on your direction of travel) of supposedly the…

“CHE’S” LAST STAND

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The legend of Che They might not win many wars but the Bolivian military is pretty good at terminating bandits and revolutionaries. In 1908 it was Butch and Sundance who were sent to that ‘Great Bank Robbery’ in the sky.…

Minus 14 on Salar de Uyuni

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The town of Uyuni We arrived into Uyuni, the town which most Bolivians refer to as the ‘extreme cold’ place of Bolivia. I wonder why ? We were about to find out, but find out in a good way. This…

Sucre, Bolivia

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Sarah studying our Bolivian guide book we found in a book exchange Sucre, Bolivia. What a beautiful city , set in a valley surrounded by low mountains, boasts numerous churches , museums, funky restaurants and old houses. All buildings in…

Troy vs. The Amazon

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Successfully surviving the ‘world’s most dangerous road’ we were now in the mood for a big city and La Paz wasn’t cutting it this time. We needed propane, grocery supplies and a good night on the town. This was becoming…